Hello Gentlemen and Ladies,
Been reading this board for awhile but have a couple questions I haven't been able to resolve by searching (maybe I just can't search well, in which case, I apologize).
45 yo man diagnosed w/ metabolic syndrome summer of 06. Lost 50 lbs, started exercising and taking a boatload of supplements along with metformin, simvastatin, and lisinopril (as a kidney prophylactic against the metformin, not for high BP - 110/65 in the AM). Lipids and blood sugar are under control:
Total Cholesterol - 114 mg/dl
HDL - 57 mg/dl
LDL - 34 mg/dl
VLDL - 23 mg/dl
Triglycerides - 115 mg/dl
A1C - 5.4%
Lost all libido
3 months ago. Cialis
helped functionally but did not help desire. Got testosterone
Serum testosterone - 214 ng/dl (241-827)
Estradiol - 23 pg/ml (0-53)
TSH - 1.135 uIU/ml (0.35-5.5)
PSA - 0.3 ng/ml (0-4.0)
DHEA - 448 ng/dl (107-745) (was supplementing 50 mg/d orally in an obviously misguided attempt to raise my previous testosterone level of 360 ng.dl).
Been on 5g Androgel
for 4 weeks now. Frikkin' amazing. Thought I was treating depression for the past several years by self-medicating w/ samE and 10g fish oil. I was wrong. Depression is almost totally gone now. No apathy, no ennui, actually leave the house for reasons other than work (even looking forward to the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend). Can get a woody when I want to and, more importantly, I do want to. Fasting morning sugars have dropped from 100-105 to 88-92 mg/dl too! Think everyone with Metabolic Syndrome needs to have their testosterone tested. Hell, low T may even be responsible for it (although I don't think they've identified a mechanism of action yet).
Right testicle started aching 3 weeks in (left testicle has a 30 yo varicocele and hasn't felt anything for several decades). Doc says this is a rare side effect and to stop the Androgel for a week and restart. Stopped for two days, started feeling like shit again and restarted.
So I know what's going on from reading this board. HPT axis is shutting down, boys are atrophying 'cause they got nuthin' to do, and one of them is unhappy about it. Funny thing is, I can't even get depressed about this, no matter how hard I try.
I don't think I'm comfortable w/ asking Doc (primary care) about HCG
just yet. Just happy to be on the testosterone. Already have 4 children and don't plan on pulling a Tony Randall when I'm 70, so not concerned about fertility. And don't care about any satchel aesthetics.
Just how rare is this?
Will Doc's advice to stop for an entire week before restarting have a chance at stopping this from recurring?
How long before it gets tired of bitchin' about losing its job and shuts up?
Any ideas besides ice packs for relief?